Crime

When Brett Olson woke up on Oct. 16, he expected to see his front yard filled with grinning faces of the pumpkins his children and grandchildren carefully carved. What he saw instead were the smashed remains of his dozen pumpkins littering the quiet street outside his house. “I believe it was between 10:30 p.m. and sometime [...]

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An Oak Park Heights man is in critical condition after a garage fire Oct. 12 left him with burns on more than 50 percent of his body. Bayport Fire Chief Mark Swenson said the man was working on equipment in his garage on the 14800 block of 56th Street North the morning of Oct. 12, [...]

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BY JONATHAN YOUNG THE GAZETTE A former St. Croix Orthopaedics employee has pleaded guilty to felony drug possession after being accused of calling in and filling fraudulent prescriptions from the clinic to the Walmart pharmacy in Oak Park Heights. Originally charged with third-degree possession, Jennifer Marie Bowers, 40, of Somerset, Wis., pleaded guilty to one [...]

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Police and court reports • A 44-year-old Stillwater resident was taken into custody Sept. 15 by Stillwater police for an outstanding 2007 warrant for burglary, criminal trespassing and theft from Philadelphia County, Penn. The suspect, Terrance Fields, appeared in Washington County Court Sept. 16 and is charged with one felony count of being a fugitive [...]

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A Stillwater man and former Grantsburg, Wis., history teacher pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 15, to two counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Matthew Robert Koenen, 37, admitted to having a sexual relationship with two of his former students in August 2012. Both girls were 16 years old at the time of the incidents. According [...]

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